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Blackhawks hire Steve Weeks as goaltending coach

The Blackhawks announced Monday that they hired Steve Weeks as their new goaltending coach.

Weeks, 55, last was an assistant coach and goaltending “specialist” for the Atlanta Thrashers from 2001-10. Before that, he was a goaltending coach and scout for the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes from 1993-2001.

Weeks replaces Stephane Waite, who left the Blackhawks for the Montreal Canadiens in July after 10 years with the team.

“It’s an honor to join a championship caliber organization like the Chicago Blackhawks,” Weeks said in a release. “I look forward to working with Corey [Crawford] and Nikolai [Khabibulin] and helping contribute to the continued success of this franchise.”

Weeks played 290 games in 13 NHL seasons from 1980-93, playing for the New York Rangers, Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators. He went 111-119-33 with a 3.74 goals-against average and a .873 save percentage.

“We are thrilled with the addition of Steve Weeks to our organization,” said Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman in the release. “He has over two decades of professional hockey experience and is a well-respected coach both on and off the ice.”